Saturday, February 1, 2014

John Elway and his final Super Bowl victory in Miami

I was there for Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999 - the last time the Denver Broncos were in the big game. I was a staff photographer for the Sun Sentinel and I was assigned to the west end zone. After the Broncos won, everyone of course rushed the field for the QB picture. I remember running towards the Broncos bench, but for some reason, was MOVING towards the middle of the field. The crush of media was so strong that I was lifted off of the ground and had no control of my direction. I remember running over and stepping on many smaller reporters and photographers. It is advantageous to be 6'1 and 210 pounds. When I finally got to John Elway, I was behind him. We were all getting CRUSHED. Elway screamed "GET BACK!!!" It was a loud, terrifying scream. Everyone backed up. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw his wife Janet approach and give him a kiss. This would be the last time John Elway played in an NFL game.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Teddy Bridgewater leads Louisville over the University of Miami - Russell Athletic Bowl

The Miami Hurricanes enter the Citrus Bowl in a cloud of smoke

Early in my freelance career, I shot NFL and college football every weekend. For almost 10 seasons, I traveled across the country doing this. It was the time of my life. I think that I have photographed about 250 pro and college football games.
I ultimately decided that I wanted to take my career in another direction  - the corporate - advertising direction. I stopped shooting action sports assignments after Super Bowl XXXIX  in Jacksonville (2005).

However, my alma mater, the University of Miami received a bowl bid to play at the Russell Athletic Bowl on December 28, 2013 in Orlando. I couldn't resist! I love my old school, and I decided that I wanted to be there on the sidelines again. I felt a little rusty, but it all came back pretty quick. the photos were all shot with a Nikon D4 and a Nikon 200-400. 1/640th at F/4, 3200 ASA.

The University of Miami Sunsations are a big part of the game festivities

Miami QB Stephen Morris runs for his life as Louisville defenders chase him
QB Stephen Morris finished his Miami career going 12 of 27 for 160 yards

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater was named game MVP

Louisville WR DeVante Parker scored on a 26-yard pass play in the second quarter.

Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 35 of 45 passes for a career-high 447 yards